Tom Hanks will speak at Soldiers and Sailors in Oakland on Tuesday at an event to drum up excitement about voting in the upcoming midterm elections. The event is one of several that will be held across the country by the nonpartisan organization When We All Vote during their Week of Action.
Hanks is one of several celebrity co-chairs of When We All Vote, along with former First Lady Michelle Obama, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, recording artist Janelle Monae, Houston Rockets player Chris Paul, and country artists Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The group’s purpose is to “spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy.”
In a press release about the event, Hanks spoke about why he believes When We All Vote’s cause matters.
“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy— a government of the people and by the people,” said Hanks. “It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some—not just the most powerful—but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union.”
Hanks has been in Pittsburgh this summer for the filming of his movie “You Are My Friend,” in which he portrays the beloved local legend Fred Rogers. He will be joined at the When We All Vote event by Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, team executive Jim Rooney, and Kiya Tomlin, wife of head coach Mike Tomlin.
Those interested in attending can find more information and sign up at the When We All Vote website.